Oh, this is PRICELESS.
I read today that Nepal is expanding cellphone coverage to the top of Mount Everest.
First off, is there no place on earth that could possibly need it more? For the people who treat climbing Mt. Everest as some sort of high-end bungee jump (with more trash), is a satellite phone really going to set them back that much more?
Actually, wait a sec — is there no other technology in Nepal that could use more support? As I write, most of Nepal is subject to 16-hour rolling blackouts EVERY DAY. We’re not talking just for poor people, or in the most remote areas. My dad’s friend and colleague Shisir Khanal writes, “I am up at 2 AM checking emails as today it was the mid-night when electricity would be in our area.”
In my class on the digital divide we’ve spent half our time simply trying to decide what type of divide hurts the most: poor vs. rich, rural vs. urban, disabled vs. able-bodied, female vs. male. It pains me that so much of the discussion has to happen because the prevailing practice is simply wrong.